Pick Me Up! Special January 2021

Published by TI Media Limited Pick Me Up! Special Series is your monthly feast of the best real-life stories from Pick Me Up! The series comprises of nine ‘Seasonals' and four ‘Best Ofs', featuring the best of Pick Me Up! Each bumper issue is crammed with a variety pack of true stories, your favourite features, money-saving tips, laughs, health ideas, great looks, budget beauty, food ideas to put a smile on your face and 12 puzzles. A fun package to keep you truly entertained!

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
USD 2.66
USD 20.02
13 Números

en este número

1 min.
january special

As we welcome in the new year, many of us will be looking forward to a fresh start. Now we’ve had time to reflect on the year gone, we can look forward to a more optimistic future. Carron (pg44) knows all too well how rewarding a fresh start can be. After tragically losing her partner unexpectedly, she made a change for the better. Determined to look at life with a glass half-full attitude, she now runs a successful women’s empowerment business for her fellow sisters. And she’s not the only person with a positive attitude this month. After struggling with her cancer diagnosis, Vanessa (pg30) turned to her family for help. With nine breast cancer survivors amongst them, the remarkable family created a naked calendar to raise awareness around this awful disease.…

1 min.
your pick me ups

Brilliant bake My mum baked me a delicious lemon drizzle cake, decorated with lavender from the garden. Debbie, Exeter Pony petting My boyfriend made friends with a Dartmoor pony. Monica, St Ives Weekend treats My patner indulging in a burger after a long week of work. Tina, St Albans Celebratory swans A wonderful stay at a local hotel for my husband, Heath's, 50th birthday. Linda, Bahrain Flaming good Nothing says winter like a Baileys hot chocolate and smores by the bonfire. Masie, Milton Keynes Very Vogue My son, Charlie, showing off his new clothes. Kate, Tewksbury Wonderful waters A winter weekend away with my boyfriend to the Lake District. Charlene, Carlisle Family celebrations New Year’s Eve fireworks at my parents’ house. Crystal, Warrington 'M' themed party Me and my friends managed a small but successful fancy dress party. Hana, Brighton How funny! Which kinds of hats are always frozen? Ice caps. What did the icy puddle say to the boy? Want…

7 min.
a cup of poison

My gorgeous black and white Staffie jumped up the garden path, scampering towards a young man. ‘What’s her name?’ he smiled, playing with her. ‘She’s called Mollie,’ I said. ‘She’s six.’ ‘I’m Christopher, I live next door,’ he explained. He was living in a shared house with a bunch of other guys around his age, then 23. It felt nice to make a new friend, and after our first meeting, I’d often let Chris look after Mollie when I was at work. We became good friends Chris was unemployed, and he got on so well with Mollie. They really adored each other. In 2014, I was working at a local charity shop in Chatham, Kent. I’d had a dreadful run of luck in recent years. My daughter had died, then my husband, and I even lost my house. Living in a new…

6 min.
no regrets

Staring down at the pregnancy test, I sank to the floor with tears of joy. Me and my wonderful husband Darren, 45, had been trying to have another baby for over 10 years. We already had two children, Jamie, then 13, and Kieran, then 11, but we longed for a third. As soon as I had my 12-week scan, I told everyone the news. ‘Now you rest up,’ Darren would tell me. Our two boys were already in secondary school, so we were going to be starting all over again. I had a healthy pregnancy, and everything was going to plan. But then, at about 6am on 29 August 2010, I woke up with a fright, feeling seriously unwell. ‘I don’t feel good,’ I panicked, nudging Darren awake. ‘You’ll be okay,’ he said sleepily, before falling back to sleep. I…

1 min.
man vs food!

Fancy yourself a food challenge? Why not check out Britain's biggest hot dog! Measuring a whopping 3ft, the dog is over 5,000 calories – equivalent of six full English breakfasts! American styled restaurant, Bronco's Rodeo in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, offers the hot dog in either the classic style, or topped with oozy mac and cheese or melt in your mouth brisket chilli. Manager Chris Brown says he has never seen anyone successfully finish up the massive ‘showstopper' hot dog in his time working at the restaurant. Chris said: ‘We're an American restaurant so we added the hot dog because everything is bigger in Texas. ‘It's a real showstopper of a meal – whenever we bring it out you can see jaws on the restaurant floor. ‘It's absolutely delicious, but I don't know if I could ever…

2 min.
small but mighty?

Sitting on the sofa, I had my eyes focused on the floor, rather than the TV. ‘Blimey!’ my partner, Tezra, 31, shouted. ‘Those tyres weigh about 500lb!’ For what felt like the 100th time, he’d roped me into watching another Strongman competition. Thankfully however, I had our seven-week-old daughter, Lula, to keep me entertained. Watching as she gurgled away in her little chair, I could have watched her for hours. ‘What do you think?’ I cooed. ‘Do you think that’s heavy?’ As a first-time mum, spending time together as a family was my favourite - even if it did involve watching huge, sweaty men lift things above their head. After working as posties, me and Tezra had first met in November 2017, after bumping into each other at the Royal Mail office in Bristol. Two years later,…